WAYNE TOWNSHIP MEETING
APRIL 17, 2017
The Wayne Township Board of Supervisors held a meeting on April 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, with David W. Calhoun, James B. Maguire and Katharine M. Dershem present.
Those also in attendance: Robin Condo, Carl Bathurst, Police Chief Dave Winkleman, Rod Stabley, Matthew Maguire, Robert A. Maguire, Don White, Doris Fritz, Zoning Officer Rodney Shemory and Paul D. Welch, Jr., Esquire.
There was no public participation.
Board’s Approval of Meeting Minutes
Chairman Calhoun asked if there were any questions or comments on the minutes of the March 20, 2017, meeting, there being none, Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the minutes as presented; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Chief Winkleman provided a written report to the Supervisors for the month of March reporting that Pine Creek Township Police Officers worked 107.5 hours during the month of March and there were 127 incidents during the month.
Chief Winkleman reported that there are currently a number of fraudulent phone calls being made to elderly residents in the area who are trying to obtain money from those residents.
Zoning Officer’s Report:
Zoning Officer Rod Shemory reported the following Land Use Permits were issues between March 20th and April 17, 2017:
Constance Bame Road Occupancy Permit (curb cut for driveway)
Jorge Rivera 14 x 10 Utility Shed
Zoning Officer Shemory responded to a complaint on March 27th from Russel Shemory of 29 Sisters Lane of a humming noise at his property. He contacted Bob Walters of First Quality and Mr. Walters met him at the property to take decibel readings and those readings were between 44 to 62 decibels.
On Tuesday, March 28th at 3:30 pm Zoning Officer Shemory met with Bob Walters of First Quality again at 29 Sisters Lane to compare decibel readings and both meter readings were within .05 decibels and those readings were between 45 and 55 decibels.
Mr. Walters said that First Quality is working on adding a 90 degree elbow on the top of the vacuum pump stack in an effort to alleviate the noise issue.
Zoning Officer Shemory said he spoke with Gary and Mary Myers about the noise issue and they said the humming noise could be heard inside and outside of their house on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 6th, 7th and 8th.
Resident Carl Bathurst reported that Ken Kremer of First Quality called him and told him he would be going out of town for a week and the machine would be turned off while he was gone and as of the date of the meeting, Mr. Bathurst has not had a problem with noise at his property.
Monthly Engineer’s Report:
John Segursky, P.E. was not present for the meeting.
Recreation Committee Report:
Recreation Committee Member Doris Fritz requested the Supervisors allow the Historical Committee to move forward with having the book on the history of Wayne Township printed. The book was prepared by Matt Connor and Lou Bernard and has been reviewed at by a number of Wayne Township residents and everyone has different ideas as to how to proceed.
Doris suggested the Supervisors approve the Historical Committee working with Linda Roller of the Liberty Book Shop in Avis, who would assist with proofreading the book and with having the book published. If we bring Linda aboard she can present a lot of different options before any money is spent on the book by the Township.
Linda Roller addressed the Board of Supervisors and stated the cost for her services would depend on what the Supervisors envision for the book, whether it is a paperback, a hard cover copy or a combed binder that lies flat, and the cost would also depend on the number of pictures in the book.
Doris Fritz also said that in three years the Township will be celebrating 225 years and a decision will need to be made if the Supervisors would like to present the book at that time and noted a committee is being formed now to continue working on the history of Wayne Township.
The Supervisors requested Linda Roller attend the Supervisor’s May work session to discuss the options available for the layout of the book in order to provide a proposal for services to the Supervisors.
Doris complimented the Township employees their work cleaning up the Township parks.
Don White reported the Easter Egg Hunt held at the Nature Park was a success and there were 175 children participating in the event.
Bob Maguire asked the Recreation Committee to provide him with a receipt for the donation of topsoil and for the use of the equipment to move the topsoil from the Fryer Tract and haul it to the ball field.
Uni-Tec Inspection Fee Proposal for the Shoemaker Road Project
The Board of Supervisors tabled the proposal from Uni-Tec to provide inspection services to the Township for the Shoemaker Road Project.
Wayne Township Fire Company Donation Request
As there were no members of the Wayne Township Fire Company present, the Supervisors tabled discussion of the fire company’s donation request.
Supervisor Dershem stated she wanted to make it clear that she would not vote on the request to change the zoning on the Big Woods Land Company property located along Reservoir Road from Residential to Open Recreation immediately after the public hearing on May 15th as she needs time to process the information obtained during the hearing before making a decision.
Resolution 04.17.2017 – Multimodal Grant Reimbursement Agreement
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to adopt Resolution 04.17.2017 authorizing the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors to execute the Multimodal Grant Reimbursement Agreement on behalf of the Township for the Shoemaker Road Project; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Chairman Calhoun reported that CleanScapes has scheduled a cleanup event for April 22, 2017 to remove trash along Youngdale Road and the road will be closed during the four hour event.
Freightliner Truck Repairs
Chairman Calhoun reported that the frame on the Freightliner truck needs repaired and a cost estimate was obtained from Condo’s in the amount of $3,456.32 for the repairs.
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve having the truck repaired; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
BB&T Bank Account
Treasurer Darlene Macklem requested approval to close out the BB&T General Fund account and use the funds to open a General Fund checking account with Jersey Shore State Bank which was a requirement of the loan obtained from Jersey Shore State Bank for the Shoemaker Road Project.
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the Treasurer closing out the account at BB&T Bank and opening an account at Jersey Shore State Bank; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
2017 County Aid Application
Secretary/Treasurer Darlene Macklem explained that the Clinton County Commissioners adopted a new policy with regard to the application process and the permitted use of the county liquid fuels allocation. The Township must complete a questionnaire which is to be submitted with the County Aid Application and under the new policy, County Liquid Fuel funds are no longer permitted to be used for routine maintenance materials or items such as anti-skid, salt, etc., however, resurfacing a roadway or making improvements to roads and bridges are permissible.
The Commissioners will also be taking into consideration the amount of money the municipality has budgeted for road and bridge maintenance and the total available funds in reserve and other funding sources utilized by the Township in determining whether to approve the application.
In prior years the Township used the County Liquid Fuels, which totals $1,302 annually, to purchase road salt or other road maintenance materials and now that those uses are no longer permissible, Secretary Macklem asked the Supervisors if they are planning any projects that may be eligible for the County Liquid Fuel funds, noting the deadline for submitting an application is April 28, 2017.
The Supervisors indicated that they did not have any projects at this time and agreed that the Township would forego submitting an application for 2017 County Aid.
2017 Road Maintenance Projects
Treasurer Macklem reported that the Township has approximately $180,000 in its State Liquid Fuels account that is available for road maintenance projects and requested the Supervisors determine what projects they would like to proceed with this year in order to bid out those projects in order to complete them by the end of the year.
A discussion was held regarding the status of the Shoemaker Road Project and it was noted that State Liquid Fuel funds would not be utilized for that project.
Supervisor Dershem suggested the Board move forward with replacing the storm drains in Linnippi Village.
Secretary/Treasurer Macklem explained that the Township replaced some of the storm drains in Linnippi Village last year but did not bid out the project due to time constraints as the storm drain replacements were considered emergency repairs. Mrs. Macklem suggested to the Supervisors, if they plan to replace additional storm drains this year that depending on the cost estimate that a project be prepared and placed out for bid.
During a pre-audit of 2016 liquid fuels funds performed by PennDot on April 4th, one of the items the auditor looked at was the documentation for the storm drain replacement project because it was considered an emergency situation and was not placed out for bid. Secretary/Macklem stated she believes the Township will not be able to consider the replacement of storm drains as emergency repairs again this year because the Board is aware that the work needs done.
A discussion was held and Supervisor Calhoun said he would meet with John Segursky to have him prepare a project to replace storm drains and for any additional road work that may be necessary this year.
Chairman Calhoun called an executive session at 7:35 pm to discuss township real estate matters; the regular meeting was called back to order at 8:01 pm.
Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Ordinance Update
Resident Bob Maguire asked to speak again about the Comprehensive Plan update and reiterate the points he made during the March township meeting because he fears that the updates are moving forward without incorporating input from citizens even though there will be an opportunity for input at a later date.
Mr. Maguire suggested that the input he and other citizens may make are given serious consideration by the Board of Supervisors while working on and during their review of the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance updates and asked that his suggestions again be placed in the minutes. He is concerned as to whether there will be time after the public comment period to incorporate any changes requested by the public into the zoning ordinance. The recommendations made by Bob Maguire are as follows:
(1) Expansion of the industrial base;
(2) Either replace the Highway Interchange (HI) District with a different designation or at
least add a permitted use within the HI District; and
(3) Increase the density in the R2 Zoning Districts. Mr. Maguire stated that as a developer the expense of developing water, sewer natural gas and pavement, the numbers have to be higher and also suggested the possibility of combining a Commercial Use with a Mixed Use (i.e. Commercial first floor with second floor residential).
Resident Robin Condo addressed the Supervisors about the remarks made by Bob Maguire and the work the Planning Commission has put into updating the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance.
Secretary Macklem asked for clarification as to whether Bob Maguire was speaking about the Planning Commission or the Supervisors with regard to including input from citizens.
Attorney Welch said he believed that Bob wants the Board of Supervisors to be aware of his concerns while reviewing the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance updates.
Supervisor Maguire pointed out that the purpose of the Planning Commission is to make recommendations to the Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors should be reviewing the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance before adopting them.
After a brief discussion, Attorney Welch pointed out that now is not the time to debate the issue.
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the invoices as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Supervisor Maguire pointed out that the current rate of expenditures exceeds the income, the Township will have to begin to look at ways to increase the Township’s income.
There being no further business, Supervisor Maguire made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
Darlene S. Macklem, Secretary